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Generation News Avoidance Project

Help the Youth Engage With Democracy

WHAT?

Generation News Avoidance is a project funded by Tuborgfondet that runs until December 2024. Throughout the year we will visit a wide range of Danish schools (gymnasier, efterskoler, højskoler, FGU’er etc.) to hold workshops in constructive journalism and talk about the role of media in democracy. Research shows that selective news avoidance is an increasing issue across countries and that self-declared interest in news is lower amongst women and younger people. This is challenging not only for media companies, but also for the public democratic conversation.


The Generation News Avoidance Tour

Our goal is to reach 6.000 students across Denmark by the end of 2024.

10/04/2024

Brøruphus Efterskole

09/04/2024

Holstebro Gymnasium & HF

08/04/2024

Kalø Højskole

20/03/2024

Alssundgymnasiet Sønderborg

20/03/2024

Ryslinge Højskole

14-15/03/2024

Grundtvigs Højskole

13/03/2023

Roskilde Katedralskole

12/03/2024

Askov Højskole

06-07/03/2024

Vestjyllands Højskole

04/03/2024

Gylling Efterskole

28/02/2024

VMSE – Vestbirk

21/02/2024

Mulernes Legatskole

09/02/2024

Skanderborg Gymnasium

31/01/2024

Borupgaard Gymnasium

29/01/2024

Rønde Højskole

26/01/2024

Brønderslev Gymnasium

24/01/2024

Thisted Gymnasium

22/01/2024

Aarhus Statsgymnasium

20/12/2023

Horsens Gymnasium

28/11/2023

Aarhus Katedralskole

WHY?

Reports show that selective news avoidance is an increasing issue across countries and that selfdeclared interest in news is lower amongst women and younger people. This is challenging not only for media companies, but also the public democratic conversation.

Find the Reuters Institute Digital News Report 2023 here.

HOW?

By teaching the students about the role of media in democracy and giving them concrete tools to make their own journalistic stories we hope to increase both the media literacy and democratic self-confidence amongst future generations.


Examples of the students’ stories

Svingdør

(Skanderborg Gymnasium)

Blå kort i fodbold

(Skanderborg Gymnasium)

Transportpriser

(Aarhus Statsgymnasium)

P-pille til mænd

(Skanderborg Gymnasium)

Cocio

(Thisted Gymnasium)

Øl & glutenallergi

(Skanderborg Gymnasium)

BOOK!

Are you an educator of students aged 16 – 30 years? Then you can book a workshop in 2024. We are flexible regarding the number of students and the time frame, so do not hesitate to contact project manager Jesper Himmelstrup to arrange the format that suits you and your students best.

+45 22 16 16 11

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    LEARNING LAB

    Meet The Faces Behind the Program

    Jesper Himmelstrup

    PROJECT LEAD

    Jesper Himmelstrup has 20 years of experience as a journalist. He has been working 10 years as a news reporter at the Danish Broadcasting Corporation, as an editor at the Ministry of the Environment, teaching at the Danish School of Journalism – and teaching the journalism-students at Krogerup Folk High School from 2013-2022. He was a fellow at the Constructive Institute 2022-2023, and is now running the Youth- and Democracy-Project focusing on how we can encourage The Next Generation to take part in our Democracy through Better Listening and Participating in our Public Conversation in a more Constructive way.

    Sonja Morell Lundorff

    PROJECT ASSISTANT

    Sonja has a master’s in Analytical Journalism from Aarhus University and has written her thesis on Youth, Media and Democracy. She has years of experience with teaching children and young people and has extensive knowledge on youth engagement and participation. She took her bachelor’s in Religious Studies at Copenhagen University during which she worked at the daily newspaper Kristeligt Dagblad. At the Constructive Institute, she is a project assistant working at the Youth- and Democracy-Project focusing on planning, developing and facilitating workshops that encourage The Next Generation to take part in our Democracy and in the Public Conversation in a more Constructive way.